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Patients of Dr. Gil Lederman tell their story

Dr. Gil Lederman, former Director of Radiation Oncology at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) and then Director of Radiation Oncology at Cabrini Hospital in Manhattan, and now at RSNY, 1384 Broadway at 38 th Street , New York 10018, is a pionneer in the treatment of cancer and benign tumors by stereotactic radiation. He can be reached by email for consultation at gil.lederman@rsny.org or through the website at www.rsny.org. Contributors to this site are all former patients of Dr. Lederman, or their families, who wish to tell their individual stories for the benefit of future patients who are now considering embarking on their own journey to health using this treatment protocol. Any former Lederman patient or their loved ones who wish to add a story to this site should contact Chris Ottewell. About this site.

Chris Ottewell Chris Ottewell, 57 (Nov. 2005)
Bristol (UK)
25mm left-sided acoustic neuroma
Chris was diagnosed in 1997. He heard of Dr. Lederman on a BBC radio program and became Dr. Lederman's 144th acoustic neuroma patient at SIUH late in April 1998.
Outcome: 7 years after the treatment, the MRI indicates that the tumour has shrunk to about a quarter of its pre-treatment volume.
Side effects: There have been no adverse side-effects. Hearing in the AN ear remains at pre-treatment levels and balance is now better than average for Chris' age group. Tinnitus remains, but is less than pre-treatment.
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William Hugo William Hugo, 58 (in 2003)
Paris (France)
15mm left-sided acoustic neuroma
William was diagnosed in September 2002. He met Dr. Lederman who was passing through Paris in November 2002. William travelled to New York in May 2003 to become the latest of over 500 AN patients treated at SIUH.
Outcome: 18 months after the treatment, the tumor shows no growth. There is marked necrosis in the center.
Side effects: Brief sharp pains in the AN ear for several months, now disappeared. Useful hearing has been retained in the AN ear at about 65% compared to pre-treatment levels.
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Lorraine Fimmano Lorraine Fimmano, 62 (in 1998)
Long Beach, NY, USA
inoperable lung cancer
Lorraine was diagnosed in 1998. Initial treatment was chemo and her family was told she had 6 months to live. She heard of Dr. Lederman on the radio and was treated by him shortly thereafter.
Outcome: 7 years after the treatment, the latest CAT scan showed only scar tissue left and her body is free of the cancer.
Side effects: None.
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Michael J. Laurence Michael J. Laurence, (in 2001)
The Hamptons, Long Island, NY (USA)
prostate cancer
After unsatisfactory visits to several other physicians he was treated by Dr Lederman in 2001, having first heard about him on the radio.
Outcome: "I was treated by Dr. Lederman four years ago. My PSA has dropped from 5.8 to 0.4. I am considered cancer free..."
Side effects: None.
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Todd Regan Todd Regan, 39 (in 2001)
Reno, NV, USA
metastatic & disseminated hemangiopericytoma
Todd was diagnosed with a rare and dangerous form of cancer and given 6 months to live after trying everything. His sister finally found Dr Lederman who started treating the multiple lesions in 2002. It worked miraculously. Sadly Todd died in January 2004 from from a ruptured lesion which they had not yet had time to treat.
Outcome: The treated lesions had begun to shrink.
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Rony Kess-El Rony Kess-El, 50 (in 1998)
Kiryat Haim, ISRAEL
3.3cm acoustic neuroma
Rony, and orchestra conductor, was appalled to discover his hearing was deteriorating due to a medium-to-large acoustic neuroma. He was saved from possible total loss of hearing by Dr Lederman, found via the internet.
Outcome: Symptoms gone and hearing improved.
Side effects: Hydrocephalus required a shunt, 3 months after treatment.
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Mr and Mrs Mc Namara Mr. & Mrs. James Mc Namara
67 & 55 (1999 & 1987)
Staten Island, NY, USA
Prostate cancer & Endometrial cancer
The couple first met Dr Gil Lederman when Ethel Mc Namara was diagnosed in 1987 with endometrial cancer and the relationship continued when James was in turn diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999.
Outcomes: Ethel underwent 25 external radiation sessions and shortly after the last received a cesium implant and then a complete hysterectomy. When James' urologist did a biopsy in 1999 following a high PSA reading and found a very aggressive cancer cell, he and Dr Lederman recommended internal radiation seeding and 25 external radiation sessions.
Side effects: Ethel experienced diarrhea and weight loss during the treatment. She is now free of cancer and feeling well. James' PSA readings are now fine and have remained that way since his treatment.
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Linda Taylor Linda Taylor
55 (January 2002)
Fairford, Glos., UK
Epitheliod Hemangioendothelioma (EHE) of the Aorta
Linda was diagnosed with EHE of the aorta, a rare and dangerous cancer after a long search for the cause of her constant pain. Surgery was tried but failed. The cancer had metastacized to her lungs. She was told it was inoperable and not to try radiotherapy. She finally found a solution with Dr Lederman, whom she discovered through the internet. She was treated at Cabrini in November 2004.


Outcomes: February 2006. Linda is now in remission. The latest CAT scan shows very little growth of the tumor. She used to take pain killers several times a day but has not needed them for six months now.


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Chris Williams Chris Williams
58 (in 2002)
Bramley, Surrey, UK
Prostate cancer
Chris was diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer in January 1999. He investigated the use of various medications and discovered the herbal extract compound called PC-SPES which was very successful in keeping the cancer in check, but did not provide a permanent cure. He finally met Dr Lederman who advised a combination of brachytherapy (seed implantation) and 25 sessions of stereotactic radiosurgery. This treatment started in early 2002.
Outcomes: Four years later Chris is apparently cancer free, with no symptoms and no medication.
Side effects: Mild urethritis is the only side effect of Dr Lederman's treatment. At 62 Chris is still working as CEO of a software company. He has no plans to stop.


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Myris Jones Myris Jones

North Wales, UK
acoustic neuroma
Myris lives in the beautiful countryside of North Wales. Having lost all hearing in one ear, in 1999 she was shocked to be told that she had an acoustic Neuroma on the other side. She was initially told that any treatment would leave her totally deaf. Her case was followed by a TV production company who produced a programme which became the BBC TV documentary “The Sound of Silence” one of a number in the Series “Life Matters”.
Outcome: Myris still has good hearing on one side and has been able to continue her work with disabled people. Her balance issues have been resolved. Had she not found out about Dr Lederman's FSR treatment she would almost certainly been totally deaf.
Side effects: So far, four more years of high quality life. Hearing has diminished very slightly. Able to continue to pursue a worthwhile career caring for the disabled.
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Carlene Francis Carlene Francis
Las Vegas, AZ, USA
Breast cancer

After discovering that her breast cancer had metastasized to her liver, Carlene Francis from Las Vegas was told there was no treatment and given only months to live according to top mainstream specialists.

Not accepting this, she and her husband scoured the world until they found Dr Gil Lederman. Although too late to save her, he gave her four more years of good quality life to enjoy with her family.

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Enrica Nuzzo Enrica Nuzzo (Ketty)
Naples, Italy
3.5 cm Acoustic Neuroma

Ketty lives in Naples, Italy, at the foot of Vesuvius. Having experienced strange sensations and a fullness in the ear, in 2003 she was shocked to be told that she had an Acoustic Neuroma. She was initially told that any treatment would leave her totally deaf on the AN side and would probably result in facial paresis and other unpleasant side effects. Being unwilling to accept this, she did her own research and found a better solution with Dr Lederman in New York

Outcome: The AN was successfully treated with no side effects. Had she not found out about Dr Lederman's FSR treatment Ketty would almost certainly have suffered unpleasant side effects and reduced quality of life.

Side effects: So far, four more years of high quality life.

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Alice Ciosek Alice Ciosek
88
New York
Endometrial cancer

Alice was first diagnosed with endometrial cancer in August, 2003. After having sought out several opinions from oncologists in both Staten Island and NYC, she chose stereotactic radiation at SIUH. After receiving treatment, she remained cancer free until January, 2007. The staff at SIUH had changed, so she sought out Dr. Lederman at the urging of a former SIUH oncologist. Treatment was administered to the various 'hotspots', only to find out in the fall that the cancer had spread. Dr. Lederman was encouraging and further treatment was administered. A follow up test was done during the winter, another hotspot was detected, treatment was given.
Outcome: Since April, 2008, Alice remains cancer free.
Side effects: Nausea, occasional diarrhea, some weight loss only when treatment was given to the abdominal area. Subsequent treatments to the axilla and neck had none.



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William Hugo William Hugo, 58 (in 2003)
Paris (France)
15mm left-sided acoustic neuroma
William was diagnosed in September 2002. He met Dr. Lederman who was passing through Paris in November 2002. William travelled to New York in May 2003 to become the latest of over 500 AN patients treated at SIUH.
Outcome: 18 months after the treatment, the tumor shows no growth. There is marked necrosis in the center.
Side effects: Brief sharp pains in the AN ear for several months, now disappeared. Useful hearing has been retained in the AN ear at about 65% compared to pre-treatment levels.
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Ronald Winter Ronald Winter
Finland
Acoustic neuroma

Ronald was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma in August 2002 and advised by his doctors in Finland that surgery would be required. After consulting a friend in New York he contacted Dr Gil Lederman and eventually decided to have his tumor treated by stereotactic radiosurgery.

The procedure was painless and nothing seemed to happen. But now his tumor is dead, has shrunk 25% and left him with better hearing than before the original diagnosis.


Outcome: The tumor is dead and has shrunk 25%.
Side effects: None.


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Gordon Gordon Caldwell
Sarasota, FL (USA)
Inoperable sigmoid tumor, metastasis to the liver

He was told by an Oncologist, that he may live 2 years, if he started Chemotherapy right away. A strong personality as can be seen from the photographs in the main story, he was determined to choose “quality of life” rather than “life at any cost”. In the event, Dr Lederman was able to give him an additional four years with his family and improve his quality of life as well.

Outcome: He finally passed away from other complications in January 2010 nearly 6 years after being diagnosed as “inoperable”.

His son Robert Caldwell is particularly grateful to Dr Lederman for keeping his Dad alive as he studied for his Associates of Science Degree for the Recording Arts.

His widow Carol tells the full story.

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